Category Archives: Performance

BMW N54 Turbo Upgrade: MMP Stage 3 Turbos

1/26/18 UPDATE: I ran the MMP turbos at 30psi for about 500 miles and then my motor dropped compression on cylinder #3. I don’t think this was a fault of the MMP turbos. After removing the motor and turbos, I decided to convert to a single turbo setup for various reasons. Watch this video for the full scoop.


On a constant quest for more power, I found myself looking to upgrade from my stock turbos. There are a few different options available, and even some single turbo conversion kits. After doing some research, I was set on a pair of MMP Stage 3 turbos. They offer 700whp capability with OEM fitment and come at a great price. After hearing praises about Mauricio’s customer service at MMP, I decided it was a no-brainer and pulled the trigger!

I opted for fully-optioned MMP Stage 3 turbos which included a 2 year turbo warranty with the bearing treatment. These turbos require larger inlets and outlets, so I opted for MMP’s silicone outlets and aluminum relocation inlets since I already relocated things for aftermarket inlets on my stock turbos. I also ordered the turbo install kit because I wanted fresh o-rings, gaskets, etc.

After reading some DIY N54 turbo install guides, I decided to tackle the job in my garage on jack stands. This would be one of the most involved projects I’ve ever attempted on my own, but I knew it was possible.

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BMW N54 Clutch Upgrade: SPEC Stage 3+ with MFactory SMFW

If you’ve been following my website, you probably read my detailed post about installing a 335is/550i clutch after my OEM clutch wore out. However, with MMP Stage 3 turbos on the way, I knew the 335is clutch wouldn’t hold as I turned up the boost. With a goal of 700whp, I decided to replace it with a SPEC Stage 3+ clutch and retain my MFactory single mass flywheel.

SPEC Stage 3+ Clutch

Since I just installed an MFactory SMFW about 20k miles ago, I decided to reuse it because I knew it was in good condition.  All I had to do was purchase a SPEC Stage 3+ clutch with OEM or MFactory flywheel configuration so it would mate up properly. If I didn’t already have the MFactory flywheel, I probably would’ve bought a SPEC flywheel to go with the clutch. However, I’d rather save some money when possible!

Since the transmission was going to be removed, I wanted to refresh a few things at the same time. I noticed my shifter developed some side-to-side slop so I decided to upgrade the bushings. The car has almost 120k miles and still has the OEM transmission mounts, so I knew those could be replaced. I’ve also never servied the rear differential and noticed it was seeping a tiny bit of fluid. Might as well replace the rear pinion seal and flush/refill the fluid!

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BMW 135i – Stock Turbo N54 FBO Dyno Results

After enjoying the car for a few months, I’ve been curious what kind of power it’s actually making to the wheels. So, I went ahead and scheduled a dyno appointment.

Here is another video, with a loud backfire out of my midpipe (axleback section removed after it started rubbing).

The best numbers were 448whp and 501wtq with SAE correction. It looks like all the N54 guys use STD correction instead and that converts to about 468whp and 523wtq!

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Here are my modifications to reach this power:

TUNING
JB4 Map 6 @ 22psi + MHD BMS E85 KR flash
JB4 Tuner
JB4 Wireless Connect Kit
MHD Flashing Cable
OTG USB Adapter
Free MHD Backend Flashes

PERFORMANCE UPGRADES
Turbo Inlets
Catless Downpipes
7″ Intercooler
Charge Pipe
TiAL Blow Off Valve
Exhaust
Oil Catch Can
NGK 5992 Spark Plugs
Fuel-It Stage 1 LPFP with E60 fuel
BMS Cowl Filters
Upgraded PCV

TRANSMISSION
335is/550i Clutch Upgrade
MFactory Single-Mass Flywheel
Race Transmission Mounts
BMW Performance Short Shift Kit
Teflon Shifter Bushings
Clutch Pedal Stop
Clutch Delay Valve Delete
JB4 No-lift-shift/2-step Relay
Redline D4 ATF Transmission Fluid
Redline 75W90 Rear Differential Fluid

BMW 135i – FBO Stock Turbo Dyno Results (N54)

Late Model Throttle was hosting a dyno day at their shop in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Knowing that there would be a DynoJet and some cool cars, I decided to sign up!

The car was strapped on and put down 448whp and 501wtq with SAE correction. However, all of the N54 guys use STD correction and that converts to about 468whp and 523wtq!

BMW 135i Dyno Results

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BMW 135i (FBO) – 1/2 Mile Trap Speed & Races

As some of you know, I was at the NoFlyZone Midwest event this past weekend. Got almost 25 passes in. The first day was rained out, but we got a few solo runs. Going 146mph in the rain is… interesting.

The weather on the second day was much better and I was able to clock a 156 MPH run!

1/2 Mile NoFlyZone Trap Speed

Here is a compilation video of some cars I was able to run…

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BMW 135i – CDV Delete & Oil Change

Since Memorial Day is on Monday, I decided to take advantage of the long weekend and do some maintenance on the car. She was due for an oil change so I picked up 7 quarts of Castrol Edge, fully synthetic 5W-30. I also stopped at the dealership and picked up an oil filter kit.

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I saw a few posts online about people deleting the Clutch Delay Valve for a better clutch feel. Since I was already underneath the car, I figured I might as well try removing this thing:

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I popped out the locking pins with a small screwdriver and pulled the valve right out. I quickly capped both lines with my fingers because I didn’t want to lose any brake fluid. After that, I simply connected the lines back together without the valve in place. Then I got to work on bleeding the clutch. The whole process only took about a half hour with the help of a friend. Look how restrictive it is!

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This car has the best clutch feel out of any car I’ve ever driven. The CVD delete paired with the BMW Performance short shift kit and the BMS clutch stop really makes for an awesome driving experience.

BMW 135i – BMW JB4 Install (N54)

I finally pulled the trigger on JB4 and decided to order the BMS clutch stop at the same time. Both products arrived in a few days and I installed them right away.

When I bought the car, the previous owner told me it had some sort of JB tune that was wired inline with the MAP sensor. After doing some research, I thought he was referring to JB+ which would increase boost an additional 2-5psi for an extra 20HP.

Before I could install JB4, I had to remove the JB+ chip that I thought was in the car. I removed the whole intake assembly but found no trace of the chip. I assumed the previous owner lied about it and continued on with the JB4 installation. Once I popped the ECU box open, I saw wires with electrical tape and some sort of aftermarket box with a toggle switch connected to it.

jb3

Since I was confused, I posted up a few pictures on N54tech and Terry identified it as a really old version of a pin-out JB3 tuner. The toggle switch was in the “off” position, so he advised me to carefully remove the harness and plug the wires back into the factory ECU connectors.

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